Remember hangouts? The app that was released as a unified messenger, then fragmented, then unified again, and so on? Today it looks like the team working on the project woke up from their extremely long nap and came out for an update.
While I’m not sure why Google is using these monumental update numbers (6.0, 7.0) to show updates that only add a feature or two, 7.0 does add a couple of things we’ve been asking for for a long, long time. One of these things is quick reply. This feature is vital if you want me to use your messaging app, as it allows you to respond to incoming texts without leaving the app you are already in. Personally, I’ve been using Google’s Messenger app for this very reason, which has had this feature for over a year. Oh well, better late than never I suppose.
The other update, which is really the last one besides quick reply, is the ability to save specific conversations to your home screen. This feature is pretty neat, as it acts as a “Speed Dial” of sorts for the contacts you chat with the most. Droid-Life has gone ahead and taken screenshots of the new features in action, so we’ll leave them below and you can decide for yourself if it’s worth making the switch.